Hair restoration PRP is a relatively new way to combat a thinning scalp or overall hair loss. During the procedure, blood is extracted from the patient and is spun in a special machine called a centrifuge. The purpose of this machine is to separate the platelets from the red blood cells to create a rich plasma.
This ‘Platelet Rich Plasma’ or PRP is then injected back into the scalp to help stimulate the dead and/or damaged hair follicles. This can create new growth or create healthier, thicker growth – depending on what the exact hair loss issue is.
The reason this works so well is that the platelets help immediately begin “healing” the damage done by the cooccurring punctures a patient will receive. These two things will cause the body to heal itself, thus rebuilding collagen and natural hair follicles simultaneously.
If you’ve decided to try hair restoration PRP to help your thinning hair or balding scalp it is important you be well informed on what is needed before the procedure. This will both keep you safe, allow you to heal effectively, and help see the most positive results.
To help you better prepare for your appointment, we’ve created a short listing of the most common questions regarding preparations for hair restoration PRP.
Yes. You can color your hair up to three days before your procedure but should avoid it in the one to two days before.
That depends. Anything that thins the blood should be discontinued at least one week before your treatment, but preferably ten days. This includes multivitamins, as well as any supplements containing vitamin’s E or A, ginko, cod liver, flax, garlic, or essential fatty acids. You can, however, continue taking iron and vitamin D supplements.
You should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages at least three days before your appointment.
If possible, we suggest limiting your smoking habits for three days before the procedure. It is preferred you stop smoking altogether but limiting is more helpful than nothing.
Yes. You can even shampoo the morning of your appointment.
Yes. It is safe to continue hair replacement therapies.
Yes. There are a few things you should do in the day or two before your procedure. These are as follows:
Men and women all over the country struggle with hair loss for many different reasons. Whether your hair is thinning due to age or genetics, there’s a good chance you’ve considered numerous treatment options. Hair restoration with platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is one of very few options that is scientifically proven to work. Here, you can learn more about the procedure offered by Vintage Lashes and the reasons behind its explosive popularity.
At the heart of the hair restoration procedure is a product known as platelet-rich plasma, which Vintage Lashes develops in-office from each patient’s own blood. Human blood consists of 93% red blood cells, 6% white blood cells, and 1% platelets and plasma. The goal is to put your blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma, which will then be utilized during the hair restoration treatment.
During hair restoration PRP therapy, the platelets and plasma extracted from the patients’ blood are then injected back into the patients’ scalps to help stimulate the hair follicles. This works for many reasons. Platelets, especially, are helpful in creating new connective tissue and healing the body’s injuries. Platelets initiate repair and help bring stem cells to the injured area. Science has shown that damaged, inactive hair follicles can be healed and stimulated to regrow hair in this manner. It maximizes the number of platelets in the area, thus drawing in stem cells, healing follicles, and stimulating the regrowth of hair in a natural way.
While Vintage Lashes isn’t the only location that currently offers PRP hair restoration services, there are some advantages. Most other service providers only inject the plasma into the areas experiencing significant thinning or hair loss. At Vintage Lashes, the belief is that this limits the area being treated, which may not provide the desired results. Instead, the team utilizes a patented machine with a needle attached to a tube that holds the plasma. The team member performing the procedure can control the amount of serum delivered to each area, delivering more where it is needed and less where it is not. In just 10 minutes, the machine delivers up to 40,000 punctures.
During the first visit, you will participate in a consultation and a blood draw from which staff members will separate your platelets and plasma. Next, the technician will simply place your serum into the patented machine and go over your entire scalp, using more serum in places where hair is thinnest and less where it is not. Patients have experienced a great deal of success with this technique, and there is even evidence to suggest that treating the scalp in this way could slow or stop thinning in areas where it is not yet noticeable, too.
Hair restoration PRP is not an immediate quick fix for hair regrowth, but it certainly can prevent future hair loss and stimulate the natural regrowth of hair over time. Feel free to visit the Vintage Lashes website for more information or to book your consultation.